Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute


April 10, 2017 – Monday of Holy Week

Hail to you, our King; you alone are compassionate with our faults.

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)


A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (42:1-7)

Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased,

Upon whom I have put my Spirit;
he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
Not crying out, not shouting,
not making his voice heard in the street.
A bruised reed he shall not break,
and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
Until he establishes justice on the earth;
the coastlands will wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the LORD,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spreads out the earth with its crops,
Who gives breath to its people
and spirit to those who walk on it:
I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,
I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you
as a covenant of the people,
a light for the nations,

To open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

Reflect: I formed you and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations. Jesus is the ultimate servant. He is God and capable of anything; yet he comes to the world to fulfill God’s covenant with his people. He will always be our God; a light that guides all nations, directs prisoners from the dungeon, and shows the way to freedom for anyone who is bound by sin and injustice.  As we enter this Holy Week, the Church reminds us that Jesus wants to lead us to victory.  To get there, he will be betrayed, tortured, condemned to death and nailed to the cross. There may be a time when we are distressed and feel as if we are trapped in a world of injustice and hopelessness.  As Jesus walks the way to Calvary, he invites us to find strength, hope and courage as we face our own sins and the consequence of other people’s sins. He is our Light, our Hope, our Strength, our Salvation.

Questions: What is the confinement or dungeon that I find myself in? How can Jesus be a light that guides me to peace, justice and hope? How does Jesus’ embracing the cross become a sign of love that strengthens me in my weakness?

Pray: Loving God, grant me the grace that even though I fail through the weakness of sin, I might be revived, strengthened and made new through your suffering and death.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Turn your ear towards me; on the day when I call, speedily answer me.



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